Nisha Pillai


Nisha Pillai is a popular BBC World News Anchor. After finishing university, Pillai joined Schroders Investment Bank. After some time here, Pillai moved into journalism with the weekly Investors Chronicle. Joining the BBC in 1986, Pillai first worked on The Money Programme, followed by work on Panorama from 1990 to 1995. After undertaking a nine-month investigation into the financial affairs of media proprietor Robert Maxwell, Pillai presented The Max Factor which won an award from the Royal Television Society in 1991. Another one of Pillai’s notable programmes was titled Underclass in Purdah; reported on Muslims in Britain and predicted social turmoil and violence.

In 1995, Pillai joined the BBC World News channel as one of the main anchors, presenting the hourly news reports. In 1997, she presented the channel’s coverage of Pakistan’s 50th anniversary of independence in Islamabad as well as later on presenting from Jerusalem in 1998, for the 50th anniversary of its declaration of independence.

In the recent years, Pillai has given live coverage of the September 11 attacks and the fall of Baghdad – arguably two of the most important and significant events on the 21st century. Pillai has also hosted live interactive debates between audiences in America and in connected studios in Pakistan and Jordan.

Alongside this, Pillai has also presented the BBC‘s flagship interview programme HARDtalk, and listed her most notable interviewees as Hindu nationalist, Bal Thackeray of the Shiv Sena, as well as the notorious musician Phil Collins, writer V.S. Naipaul and Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

As well as being a presenter for the BBC, Pillai also coaches senior executives in presentation skills at London Business School, records podcast interviews on economic analysis for a ratings agency and facilitates many conferences and economic forums. Pillai counts her understanding of economics and mental arithmetic among her many strong points.

A brilliant motivational speaker, Nisha Pillai is definitely not short of experience of public speaking or presenting. Able to blend the audience and environment into her speeches, Pillai is one of the most motivational speakers in the world of News.

To book Nisha Pillai to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Nisha is known to cover the following topics:

  • The BBC
  • Broacasting & Journalism
  • Financial Affairs
  • Underclass In Purdah